A few weeks ago, I entered two knitting projects in competitions at the North Carolina State Fair. I’d never competed in a fair before, and I fully expected this to be an educational but ultimately non-victorious experience. But I loved going to the fair and seeing other peoples’ projects on display, so I thought hey, why not contribute?
Well, imagine my shock:
First place in Designed by Knitter, a category for items knitted from a personally designed pattern.
Second place in Shawls and Ponchos.
The uninformative bit is that I can’t post the first item (a cardigan) because I’m working up the pattern to submit to knitting magazines, and I can’t post the second item (a shawl) because the pattern has been accepted by a knitting magazine (and not Knotions, which takes a different view of pre-publication teasers), to be published this spring. So I’m left with two ribbons and nothing to show until the spring except those teeny 2″ swatches.
Of course, my proud bubble was rather burst when the nice little old lady manning the desk asked me if I was there to pick up the competition entries for my mother! And I had to say no, they’re mine… Clearly I need more hand-knitted items to drape about my person.